April 21, 2020

Beard Lichen

Macro and Micro Picture of the Day 2020-04-21

Here is beard lichen (Usnea) at 40x magnification. This particular variety is Usnea lapponica, found growing on the bark of trees in the foothills of Boulder County, Colorado. Usnea is sensitive to air pollution, and grows long in very clean air.

Equipment used: AmScope M150C microscope with Raspberry Pi camera module V2 (8MP).

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